Largemouth bass fishing tips with seasonal activity, strike and bass rig information.
Bass Seasonal Patterns
Other species such as white perch, crappie, and striper are much easier to catch during the winter. Perch and crappie tend to follow the bait closely and like to stay in 15 to 30 feet of water. Vertical jigging spoons and jigs or live bait tipped jigs are the best way to catch these fish. Also, schooling near bait are striped bass. They tend to hang in water deeper than 20 feet and near dropoffs and humps. Tactics are similar to perch and crappie except for bigger baits. Like bass, electronics and patience are the keys to success.
Spring - Bass fishing during the spring is by far the best time to go no matter where you are. However, on Lake Gaston, your chances of catching bass are probably 10 times greater. During the spring, bass are moving up into shallow water, looking for food and a good place to build a bed. Female bass, the biggest of the genders, will lay and protect their eggs in the early to mid-spring. The best places to find these bedding sites are in the back of creeks and sandy banks where bass can easily create a crater to hide their eggs. Sandy banks that are close to boat docks, stump fields, fallen timber or points are the best because these places likely hold baitfish. If you find a place where bass have bedded, there is a definite way to catch the bass and in large numbers. When bass are sitting on beds, they are easily spooked and will refuse to bite your bait because they know you are there.
So the first thing to remember is to be quiet and try to avoid directly going over or near the beds. The next thing is the way you fish and what you use. The best baits to use are worms, lizards and jigs. Bass love worms and lizards and will attack viciously if they think they are threatening their nest. The best way to provoke bass into biting is to bring your bait through their bed or very close. However, you have to be very careful when doing this. If you throw your bait directly into the bed, you will spook the bass and the chances for catching it are much less. Therefore, you must throw your bait 5 to 10 feet past the bed and slowly move it back towards the bed. The slow-motion will tempt the bass so bad that the chances of a bite are very high.
As the sun starts to rise, around 9:00am, the best places to fish are on humps and timber that provide good cover. Once the sun is high, Gaston bass becomes the most predictable. Around noon, the best places to fish are boat docks. Flipping worms, lizards, jigs and tubes under and beside boat docks are the most efficient ways to catch these bass. Complex boat docks that provide a lot of shade and those with nearby weeds, timber and are in the right depth range are the best to fish. Boat docks that seem quiet and are less active also produce more bites. After about 4:00pm, the bass start moving out for there night time feeding. Places that are fished in the morning are also good in the early evening. The night is a very good time to fish but most anglers don't know about this. As bait moves around in the cool, night waters, bass will move to the outer edges of their cover. The best places to fish at night are around lighted boat docks. Any type of light will attract baitfish and bass will be most likely be nearby. If you fish the correct places at the right time, a large number of bass can be taken and there is always a possibility for a very large fish.
The super five reasons why bass strike.
- Hunger is the number one reason why bass strike a lure. Hunger based strikes account for about a third of all lure strikes in a year's time.
- The reflex strike is the second most reason why bass strike. Reflex strikes account for about 25 to 30 percent of the bass we catch.
- The third most important reason why the bass strike is out of anger. The first cast may not trigger a bite, but several casts near the same fish ofter triggers a strike.
- Protective instinct accounts for several strikes during the spawning period. For the short time that they are sitting on beds, they will viciously attack anything that comes by.
- Some bass strike out of pure curiosity. That is why the most random colored baits get strikes because bass are curious about what it could be.
The Texas Rig is the most common way to fish any type of soft plastics along the bottom or on the structure. Its simplicity makes it very easy to assemble. The texas rigged worm or lizard catches thousands of bass on Gaston year-round. It is very productive fished around docks, through weeds and timber, and along rocks and points. It can be fished in clear or murky water and in most depth ranges with make it a very versatile way of worm fishing.
The Carolina Rig is also a very effective way to catch bass in Lake Gaston. Many traditional bass anglers use it because of high productivity. The carolina rig is a little more complex, but can pay off for the numerous fish you can catch. It is usually fished on points and humps in open water. If you find a pocket of bass sitting on a point or hump, a carolina rig is most likely your best bait. Like the texas rig, you can put any type of soft plastic on it, depending on what you think works best.
Originally posted by fish-gaston.com 08/2012